We can no longer count the number of treasure hunters dreaming of making a truly incredible discovery! While unfortunately many aren’t that lucky, it happens that some come across real historical nuggets. This is particularly the case with Jay Cornick, an amateur treasure hunter who came across a very old spearhead while searching the beach.
Jay Cornick, 34, found the famous spearhead while walking his metal detector off the east coast of the island of Jersey in the UK. The latter was buried deep in the sand. On that day, this electrical engineer in active life but a treasure hunter in his spare time would never have thought that his discovery could have any historical value. It must be said that the point was very well preserved, it was in excellent condition, and Cornick had thought at the time that it was the remains of a modern fish lance.
The remains of a truly ancient weapon …
Jay Cornick made his little discovery in August last year. He hesitated for a long time before finally introducing the spear point to Jersey Heritage archaeologists, as reported in the Daily Mail. The strange object was then subjected to carbon-14 dating to determine whether it was really a historical relic or a simple piece of contemporary spear.
Well, it will have taken a year before the final verdict is reached: it would actually be the remains of an artifact that is at least 3000 years old! Indeed, if we are to believe the results of the York Archaeological Trust, the famous point lies between 1207 and 1004 BC. Chr.! Otherwise, Jay Cornick’s fund would appear to be a Treboul-type spearhead at first glance, but its larger and more refined design might suggest that the artifact was more intended for ceremonial purposes.
A Treboul-type spearhead. Photo credit: Jersey Heritage
An incredible archaeological discovery
For Neil Mahrer, a Jersey Heritage Conservation specialist, this is a truly incredible find. As the Daily Telegraph explains, the remains of this type of lance are mainly discovered in France, about twenty kilometers from the island of Jersey.
Add to that the still amazing state of preservation, a big thank you to the black sand in which the tip was buried! In addition, “it survived not only the construction of the port of Gorey and the medieval castle that dominates it, but three millennia of tides and winter storms”. In any case, the researchers are eager to examine the object more closely and maybe even find out how it ended up on this beach!